Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Nan, Interview #3

Real People, Real Lives, Real Spirituality...

Name : Nan

Where you live: Midwest, USA

What you do as a vocation or avocation?
Writer/public relations consultant/swim coach

Your two favorite books:

Couldn't even begin to list favorite books, so I'll go with writers I love: Annie Dillard, Anne Lamott, Alice Sebold, Frederick Buechner, Marcus Borg, Roger Angell, Malcolm Gladwell, Calvin Trillin, Ian McEwan, Roger Rosenblatt. Love the poems of Jane Kenyon, Emily Dickinson, Carl Sandburg. Recently re-read "Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck and "Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain and was struck by how good they are. The classics are classics for a reason.

Your two favorite cd's:
Don't really have any, but anything with Ella Fitzgerald singing or any Chopin piano music.

Why you are interested in spirituality?
At some point in our lives, we all face the big questions: why are we here? what are we to do with our lives? why is there suffering? how do I find hope? how can I make a difference in the world?

Your favorite quote:
"Is there a trilemma?" This is from my husband, who likes to look for a "third way" when solving a problem. I find this incredibly helpful -- reminds me not to look at things as "either/or" or "yes/no." Find the compromise.

A few more: "To thine own self be true." Shakespeare; "No one can me you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt
And one more, which I believe came from St. Augustine: "Those who are seeking God have already found him."

Your favorite web sites:
I only use web sites for practical things -- to do research or answer questions, so I tend to go to media, like or

A spiritual lesson you hope to learn?
This is ongoing: how to accept the things in life that can't be changed. . .and I suppose knowing when you can't change things -- knowing when you need to let go

A place in the world where you feel spiritually "connected?"
Always in nature -- even if it's just my backyard on a summer morning when the birds are chirping

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